The Charlotte Community Foundation scholarship that I received was the Leo Wotitzky Scholarship. This scholarship has helped me to achieve my goal of going to college without loans. I have been able to focus on my studies and become involved in activities throughout campus including community service. Having the freedom to go away to the University of Florida in Gainesville without the pressure of having to work a full time job while attending school has allowed me opportunities to get to know other students and faculty, participate in activities on campus, and broaden my experiences. I do work part-time to pay for those little things I need throughout the semester. I am still very connected to my High School Alma Mater and am encouraging other high school students to reach towards college. I have learned if you try hard enough and do everything you can; you can make your dreams a reality. Life as a Gator at the University of Florida is helping to shape me into the adult I want to be. And it is in part to the generosity of the Charlotte Community Foundation.
The Charlotte Community Foundation and the scholarships they sponsor are important to the community because they offer students an opportunity to succeed. These scholarships prove that hard work and a desire to serve others can help you get to the college of your choice. Having the option to go to college and have a career is something kids in high school dream about: The Foundation has helped make this dream come true for me. I talk about the scholarships I have received all the time because I want others to apply for them and try for their dreams. Opportunity will pass you by if you don’t look for ways to make it your reality. I wish more businesses would get involved and start scholarships through the Foundation; sponsoring students in Charlotte County is putting faith in the future. The students in Charlotte County are innovators and entrepreneurs who just need the resources to reach for their dreams. In my case the Charlotte Community Foundation Scholarships was a way for me to seize the opportunity to go to college and make my dream a reality.